Partners

Challenger is proud of the business relationships we have established with Aboriginal communities, businesses and governments. We strive to contribute to the many communities in which we work, not only through employment opportunities, but through direct participation in social and cultural activities as well.

Inukshuk Geomatics Inc.

Inukshuk Geomatics Inc. is a majority Aboriginal owned geomatics company, jointly owned by the Inuvialuit Development Corporation and Challenger Geomatics Ltd. Inukshuk is incorporated under the laws of the Northwest Territories and is the only company included in the Inuvialuit Business List that has a Permit to Practice, issued by the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors. Inukshuk is also registered as a PSAB business and maintains BIP status.

Inukshuk’s corporate goals are to:

  • Facilitate the development of resources and capacity related to geomatics
  • Enable the Inuvialuit to fully participate in geomatics activities in their respective regions
  • Demonstrate a long-term commitment to sustainable development in Canada’s North
  • Develop and employ Inuvialuit and Aboriginal people
  • Deliver innovative and high quality geomatics services at competitive rates

Since its incorporation in 2000, Inukshuk Geomatics Inc. has been an active geomatics firm providing a range of professional services to Northern Canada including subdivisions; wellsite and pipeline surveys; construction survey; bathymetry surveys; precise control surveys; mapping in support of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Studies; aerial mapping and photography; training; and various mapping products using public and purchased Spatial Data sets.

Inukshuk team members are drawn from the local Aboriginal Communities on a project basis with technical and professional staffing provided by Inukshuk’s partner, Challenger Geomatics. Challenger Geomatics has developed formal and informal relationships in Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, Sahtu, Deh Cho and Tlicho communities of the Northwest Territories and Inuit communities in Nunavut.

Inukshuk Nunasi Geomatics

Inukshuk Nunasi Geomatics is a division of Nunasi Corporation and is jointly owned by Nunasi and Inukshuk Geomatics Inc. Inukshuk Geomatics Inc. is the only majority owned Northern Aboriginal Geomatics firm that is permitted to practice land surveying on Canada Lands by the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors. Inukshuk is a joint venture of the Inuvialuit Development Corporation and Challenger Geomatics Ltd. and is a Pre-Qualified Supplier under Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business.

Sahtu Geomatics Ltd.

Sahtu Geomatics Ltd. is a majority Aboriginal owned geomatics company, jointly owned by MacKay Range Development Corporation and Challenger Geomatics Ltd. Sahtu Geomatics is incorporated under the laws of the Northwest Territories and primarily services resource development plays in the Tulita District of the Sahtu Settlement area.

Relationships

Challenger has established positive relationships with a number of First Nations communities throughout Alberta.

Challenger also has working relationships with aboriginal communities in northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta. In Yukon, Challenger Geomatics has successfully completed contract Land Claim surveys and/or direct projects with: Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, Kluane First Nation, Kwanlin Dun First Nation, Selkirk First Nation, Ta'an Kwach'an Council, Teslin Tlingit Council, Tr’ondek Hwech’in and Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation. We are proud of these alliances and intend to build on these successes to form long-term relationships with Yukon’s First Nation People.

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Training

Since 1998, Challenger has demonstrated its commitment to training an aboriginal and northern workforce in the surveying field through a number of training initiatives that have benefited Northern Aboriginals. Training methods include: custom training packages designed & delivered by Challenger Geomatics Ltd. and funded by 3rd Parties; on-the-job training with wage subsidies provided by government programs; and, on-the-job training specific to our commitments to our Aboriginal business partners.

Challenger was the recipient of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyor’s prestigious David Thompson Award, in the category – Contribution to Society - in 2012

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In the category Contribution to Society, the winner was Ron Robinson (shown on left receiving award from ACLS President Ivan Royan) from Challenger Geomatics for the project entitled “First Nation Training” for an ongoing effort started in 1998 to train an aboriginal and northern workforce in Canada by offering survey workshops in various communities across the North.

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Below is a partial list of training programs developed and delivered by Challenger:

  • September 2011 Sahtu Region, Deline, NT, introductory level survey assistant course for eight Sahtu Citizens followed by intermediate level training for four of these people. The course was requested by the Deline Land Corporation, hoping to build capacity related to the mine reclamation in the region. The course was developed with and supported by the Land Corporation with funding provided by Contaminates Remediation Training Organization of Canada (CRTOC)
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  • March 2010 Nunavik Communities of Quaqtaq, Ivujivik and Kangirsuk in Northern Quebec; As part of a PWGSC contract for legal surveys of the Nunavik Land Claim, Challenger worked with the communities and Makivik Corporation to develop and deliver workshops pertaining to surveying, the Nunavik Land Claim, using Hand Held GPS and Google Earth. A total of 36 adults and 78 high school students attended the workshops delivered over 4 days in each community.
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  • August 2008 Kivalliq Region, Rankin Inlet, NU, survey assistant course for eight Inuk of the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. The course was specific for resource development and the immediate needs for support for the growing mining industry in the region. The course was supported financially by our business partners, with students selected from the Kivalliq Region. Some were employed immediately upon graduation for short-term local projects.
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  • February - March 2006 - Deh Cho Region, Fort Simpson, NT, two week survey assistant and intermediate survey course for 20 aboriginals. The course was specific for oil and gas development and the immediate needs of the MGP. Training delivered by Inukshuk Geomatics Inc, coordinated by Aurora College and financed by Aboriginal Futures and Challenger Geomatics Ltd.
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  • February - March 2006, Sahtu Settlement Area, Norman Wells, NT, two week survey assistant and intermediate survey course for 20 aboriginals. The course was specific for oil and gas development and the immediate needs of the MGP. Training delivered by Inukshuk Geomatics Inc, coordinated by Aurora College and financed by Aboriginal Futures and Challenger Geomatics Ltd.
  • March 2006 - Gwich'in Settlement Area, Fort McPherson, NT, two week survey assistant and intermediate survey course for 20 aboriginals. The course was specific for oil and gas development and the immediate needs of the MGP. Training delivered by Inukshuk Geomatics Inc, coordinated by Aurora College and financed by Aboriginal Futures and Challenger Geomatics Ltd.
  • April 2006 - Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Inuvik, NT, two week survey assistant and intermediate survey course for 20 aboriginals. The course was specific for oil and gas development and the immediate needs of the MGP. Training delivered by Inukshuk Geomatics Inc, coordinated by Aurora College and financed by Aboriginal Futures and Challenger Geomatics Ltd.
  • 2004 - 2008 - Ekati Diamond Mine, Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., and De Beers' Snap Lake Diamond Project training of survey assistants and junior party chiefs on surface and underground mining projects with our partner Aboriginal Engineering Ltd., NWT.
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  • January - April 2003 - Inuvialuit Settlement Region, NT, Mackenzie Gas Project, training of survey assistants on engineering surveys in support of geotechnical investigations.
  • January - April 2003 - Gwich'in Settlement Area, NT, Mackenzie Gas Project, training of survey assistants on engineering surveys in support of geotechnical investigations.
  • June 2003 - Tr'ondek Hwech'in, Dawson, YT, training of 5 survey assistants on legal survey of 22 parcels of land forming part of the land claim in Dawson City, Yukon.
  • February & March 2002 - Sahtu Settlement Region, Tulita District, NT, training of survey assistants on engineering surveys in support of the construction of four bridges on the Mackenzie Winter Highway.

Associations

  • Alberta Land Surveyors Association (ALS)
  • Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS)
  • Professional Surveyors Canada
  • Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA)
  • Canadian Charter for Quality in Geomatics
  • Edmonton Construction Association
  • Calgary Construction Association
  • Fort McMurray Construction Association
  • Calgary Chamber of Commerce
  • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
  • Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce
  • Association of Professional Engineers of Yukon
  • Yukon Chamber of Mines
  • Consulting Engineers of Yukon
  • Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers
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